Press Release: Beyoncé 2014 World Tour

The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2014



Tour kicks off in Europe February 20th


Beyoncé named Best Live Act at Recent

MTV European Music Awards


Tickets for UK dates go on general sale Monday 16th December at 10am from 0844 338 8000

NEW YORK, NY (December 11, 2013): 3:00 AM EDT/8:00 AM GMT/9:00 AM CET. – Parkwood Entertainment today announced new dates for THE MRS. CARTER SHOW WORLD TOUR 2014 starring BEYONCÉ.  The five-week run will include performances in Portugal, the UK, Spain, Ireland, Holland, Belgium and Germany.  The tour will play the LG Arena Birmingham on 23 February 2014. Continue reading Press Release: Beyoncé 2014 World Tour

An Evening with Julie Andrews – 24 May 2014, NIA, Birmingham


An Evening with Julie Andrews

Iconic star of stage and screen, Dame Julie Andrews, has today announced that she will be returning to the U.K. next May for a tour next of speaking engagements, where lucky fans will enjoy a special evening with the much loved legend from the world of entertainment.


Dame Julie Andrews will be coming to Birmingham’s NIA on 24 May 2014.


“An Evening with Julie Andrews,” will provide a rare and unique insight into the life and career of the beloved international star best known for her stage performances on Broadway in The Boyfriend, My Fair Lady and Camelot, and her award-winning screen performances in Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and Victor-Victoria, to mention but a few.


This Academy Award recipient and winner of multiple Golden Globes, BAFTA’s, Emmy’s and Grammy’s will weave in professional and personal anecdotes as well as showing highlights from her life during her live chat. She will also discuss her philanthropy and activism on behalf of various causes and charities. The second half of the program will include a segment of questions and answers from the audience, which Dame Andrews enjoys very much.


Dame Andrews has been entertaining multi-generational audiences for more than 65 years. She made her London debut performance at the Hippodrome – Leicester Square at the age of 12 and appeared in her first Royal Command Performance when she was 13 years old. Dame Andrews continues to delight a new generation of fans with more recent roles in The Princess Diaries, Shrek, The Tooth Fairy and Despicable Me. She is an accomplished best-selling author of children’s books, several of which are currently being adapted for the stage and screen.


Dame Julie Andrews said: “It is a great joy for me to be returning to my home country. I look forward to sharing stories of my career and providing the audience with a few extra nuggets that may not have been seen before.”

The announcement comes after a recent sell-out 6 city tour in Australia and New Zealand.


U-Live (a division of Universal Music, Arts and Entertainment), SpiritWorks and The Gordon Frost Organisation are pleased to announce that tickets and VIP Packages for NIA Birmingham go on sale this Friday, 6th December 9:00am and are available from or 0844 338 8000Image

Open Mic UK Grand Final heads to Birmingham NEC!


With over 10,000 applicants every year Open Mic UK, they have been giving the nation’s hopefuls a real opportunity to come through the ranks as budding artists of any genre or style, perform to crowds of thousands, and to compete in the Grand Final at the Birmingham NEC.
What has always made Open Mic UK, TeenStar, and predecessor Live and Unsigned different, is their encouragement for the original artist to have this chance as much as the angelic singer doing covers.
The Open Mic UK singing competition is bought to us by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley, and Jahmene Douglas, both now signed to Sony Music, and 2013 winner of sister competition TeenStar- Luke Friend of whom is still now in the X Factor finals!

After walking off X Factor, Lucy Spraggan has gone on to achieve a sell-out UK tour, highly successful album release and long lasting celebrity status. Lucy said, ‘Open Mic UK is a great way to build your fan base to thousands of new fans whether you are a guest act or a competitor in the show’.

The overall winner of the competition will receive a comprehensive winner’s package with the main prize of £5,000 cash to spend on the development of their act, along with development consultation including social marketing, image, brand, and access to industry contacts.

With judges on the panel for 2014 already confirmed from Universal, Sony, and Warner- it will be a big opportunity for the acts to get into their radar!

If you wish to find out more about Open Mic UK please visit these links below:


To purchase General Tickets- £20 –

To purchase Limited VIP Package- £30-

Images and the WWW – Wild Wild West

A few days ago, I discovered one of my images being used on a blog. It happens.. most bloggers seem to think that images on the internet are free to use and that a ‘blog’ would be classed as ‘fair use’.

The problem with this blog however, is that the blogger should really know better than to use a copyrighted photograph without permission…. Especially as he’s Raanan Bar-Cohen, Senior Vice President for Commercial Services at Automattic inc.

In case you don’t know who they are, they are the company that own WordPress.. arguably one of, if not the biggest blogging platform in the world and, as it happens, the host of this blog….

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